One of Pixar's most beloved works is The Incredibles, and fans have long wanted to see a sequel to the 2004 superhero film. Fortunately for those millions of moviegoers, a followup is in the works. The studio will release The Incredibles 2 in June 2019 and the pieces are slowly but surely coming into place. Writer/director Brad Bird's frequent collaborator Michael Giacchino is returning to compose the musical score, and Bird himself is hard at work on developing the script.
Given that viewers have been clamoring for an Incredibles 2 since the original one premiered, expectations are going to be sky high for the movie. Bird has stated in the past he wouldn't make another unless he felt the narrative could match or surpass the quality of the first adventure with Bob Parr and family, which is a very high bar to clear. There's pressure to not simply retread what made The Incredibles so successful, and Bird is committed to bringing fresh ideas to the table.
Talking with EW to promote the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Iron Giant, Bird discussed his approach to writing The Incredibles 2, highlight the importance of mixing things up while also maintaining some familiarity:
“Hopefully it’s the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that’s the trick with a sequel. It’s repeating yourself, without repeating yourself.”
The key to making a good sequel is advancing the core story of the series, challenging the characters in fresh ways so it feels like a necessary continuation. Hollywood is full of memorable part twos, so it's certainly possible for The Incredibles 2 to join the ranks of the best movie sequels. Bird sounds like he has the correct mentality and is tackling his next project from the right angles. After all these years, it would be a shame if Incredibles 2 was a let down, and the prospect of a "new direction" is definitely tantalizing.
Plot details have been kept under lock and key for now, so it will be interesting to see what Bird delivers. The Incredibles ended with the Parr family embracing their status as protectors of the world, so the sequel could theoretically deal with the fallout from that as the characters (re)adjust to their celebrity standing. It will also be fascinating to see the timeline of the followup and whether or not Incredibles 2 picks up in real time. The Toy Story franchise more or less followed that formula, but Finding Dory is set just months after Finding Nemo, despite arriving in theaters 13 years after its predecessor.
Pixar admittedly has a mixed track record with sequels, but on-paper, Incredibles 2 sounds like a winner. Bird obviously has a lot of passion for these characters, and ideally that love will translate into another powerful tale on the big screen. The director has clearly established himself as one of the premier names in animation, and his return to that realm following a detour into live-action should be most welcomed. After all, fellow Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton crafted Finding Dory into a worthy followup, so there's no reason why Bird can't do the same with his property.
The Incredibles 2 opens in theaters June 21, 2019.